Arabic Summer Program

Departmental Representative:

Taoufik Ben-Amor
308 Knox
212 854 2895
tb46@columbia.edu

Courses are offered in two five-week sessions.

First Year Arabic, I and II
Second Year Arabic, I and II

* Students applying for any course other than First Year Arabic, I, must take a placement exam before they are admitted to the program.
Students who have taken Elementary or Intermediate Arabic at Columbia University are not required to take the placement exam.

Students are encouraged to take courses in both sessions, but with permission from the director may take one session.

The Columbia Arabic Summer Program (CASP) offers intensive instruction in the Arabic language through texts, multimedia materials, and activities designed to situate the language in the context of cultures in which it is spoken. The program uses Al-Kitaab series published by Georgetown University Press.

The language of instruction is Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), but students also have the opportunity to take a course in Spoken Arabic offered in the afternoon if they wish.

Experienced instructors use a proficiency-based approach that emphasizes all five skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture. Arabic is the main language of instruction. Classes are held in technologically advanced smart and electronic classrooms.

The program also includes:

  • Daily office hours held by the instructors to advise students
  • Daily free tutoring provided by an experienced Teaching Assistant
  • Integrated weekly cultural events, including music presentation and movie screenings held on Thursday afternoon
  • Trips to acquaint students with the magnificent Middle Eastern heritage on display in museums and libraries of New York City. Visits to Middle Eastern neighborhoods and restaurants
  • Cooking Arab food
     

Mandatory cultural activities are scheduled for Thursday afternoons; students should arrange their schedules accordingly.

Students in the Columbia Arabic Summer Program follow the Summer Session application and registration procedures.

Tuition

Arabic Summer Program courses are offered at a special flat tuition rate. For details, visit the Tuition & Fees page for your admissions category:

Summer 2014

Arabic Language Program (CE)

  • MDES S1210C. First Year Arabic, I. 5 pts.
    Runs from the week of May 27 to Jun 27

    An introduction to the language of classical and modern Arabic literature. Designed to develop the skills necessary for reading and speaking in this country or in the Middle East. Integrates the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing with an introduction to Arabic culture.Language Resource Center Fee: $15.00
    Materials Fee: $10.00

    Course
    Number
    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Summer 2014 :: MDES S1210
    MDES
    1210
    75815
    001
    MTuWTh 9:00a - 1:00p
    104 KNOX HALL
    Y. Nouhi 5 / 15 [ More Info ]
    MDES
    1210
    60942
    002
    MTuWTh 9:00a - 1:00p
    112 KNOX HALL
    R. Bettaieb 6 / 15 [ More Info ]
  • MDES S1211S. First Year Arabic, II. 5 pts. Mandatory placement exam for students who did not take S1210 at Columbia.
    Runs from the week of Jul 07 to Aug 08

    Prerequisites: MDES S1210, or the equivalent.

    The continuation of S1210.Language Resource Center Fee: $15.00
    Materials Fee: $10.00

    Course
    Number
    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Summer 2014 :: MDES S1211
    MDES
    1211
    66904
    001
    MTuWTh 9:00a - 1:00p
    104 KNOX HALL
    F. Al Ahmad 10 / 15 [ More Info ]
  • MDES S1214C. Second Year Arabic, I. 5 pts. Mandatory placement exam for visiting students.
    Runs from the week of May 27 to Jun 27

    Prerequisites: MDES W1211-W1212, or the equivalent.

    A continuation of the study of the language of contemporary writing in Arabic. Designed to increase vocabulary and extend facility with grammatical forms. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities will develop beyond the range of a simple sentence to that of more complex, lengthier discourse. Students begin to feel confident conversing with native speakers.Language Resource Center Fee: $15.00
    Materials Fee: $10.00

    Course
    Number
    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Summer 2014 :: MDES S1214
    MDES
    1214
    14651
    001
    MTuWTh 9:00a - 1:00p
    114 KNOX HALL
    T. Belhoussein 3 / 15 [ More Info ]
  • MDES S1215S. Second Year Arabic, II.. 5 pts. Mandatory placement exam for students who did not take MDES S1214 at Columbia.
    Runs from the week of Jul 07 to Aug 08

    Prerequisites: Prerequisites: MDES W1211-W1212 and W1214 or the equivalent.

    A continuation of the study of the language of contemporary writing in Arabic. Designed to increase vocabulary and extend facility with grammatical forms. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities will develop beyond the range of a simple sentence to that of more complex, lengthier discourse. Students begin to feel confident conversing with native speakers.Language Resource Center Fee: $15.00
    Materials Fee: $10.00

    Course
    Number
    Call Number/
    Section
    Days & Times/
    Location
    Instructor Enrollment
    Summer 2014 :: MDES S1215
    MDES
    1215
    74599
    001
    MTuWTh 9:00a - 1:00p
    114 KNOX HALL
    R. Faraj 3 / 15 [ More Info ]
  • The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.

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